Need Help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sheila Adkins, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Sheila Adkins

    Sheila Adkins Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 19, 2008
    Hello all.. This is my first time to let my hen set on her eggs. We have 8 hens and two roosters.. When she first started setting on the eggs i was not concerend about anything. I was just going to let her do it all. I noticed then the other hens keep getting in the nest with her.. I am assuming they are laying in the nest with the eggs she already had in there.. NOw what do i do.. Do i candle all the eggs and take out the ones i dont see a chick in.. do i just let her continue to set on them all... I do not know what to do.. Not all of the nens are laying in the same box, some lay in the other nest. those i gather and take in the house to eat. I did notic too that they take turns keeping the eggs warm.. Thanks for all your suggestions.
  2. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Quote:Here's what I do--I mark the ones that are "set" with a pencil(I draw a start or something at the top)...then when new eggs are laid(check DAILY)--I remove those. Unless you want her to sit on straddled hatches--I have had several hens do that as well with no problem. Only problem it's best to remove babies once they've hatched into a brooder as they can get knocked out by accident and the hen just seems interested in sitting on eggs--not mothering! Hope that helps! If you have eggs that were set later, but already veining, I would not remove them--just mark all the ones that are veining or growing and again, remove the newly laid eggs. [​IMG]
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas

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